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The Crestwood Herb Garden Club- Another great year

In a few weeks Crestwood’s herb garden club will come to a close. This year we have learned to grow and use sage, basil, lemon verbena, marjoram, oregano, scented geraniums,…

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I Forgot the Parsley

This morning I went into the kitchen to make a green smoothie for breakfast.  I tossed the following ingredients into the blender: 1 cup kale or spinach 1/2 cup banana…

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Macaroni Garden Salad, A wonderful Summer Salad

One year I made this delicious salad with the herb garden club. The basil and parsley were harvested from our garden. Over the years I have tweaked the ingredients until…

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My New Favorite Breakfast Drink Celery and Apple Juice with Parsley

Recently I read Anthony William’s special report on the Top Ten Super Foods. Celery was the first food listed. The very next day I used my Bullet to make celery…

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A Visit to My Family’s Tree Farm

In September I visited my mother in Washington state. She lives on a 60 acre tree farm. Mom was born on this land. Both she and my father were raised…

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Cinnamon for the Holidays and throughout the year

Cinnamon is the spice of home and hearth. It is derived from the bark of an evergreen tree in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The best quality cinnamon is harvested from…

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Scents of the Season with Holidays Herbs and Spices

As I look back over the many years I have been doing these holidays gatherings, there are certain herbs and spices that always make their way into the limelight. I find…

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Cloves- One of the World’s Most Aromatic Spices

Did you know that the name clove is derived from the Latin word claus,  meaning nail?  At one time I was a bit intimidated by the strong scent of this…

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Orange Clove Pomanders

In November I like to make orange pomander balls to scent my home. Lemons, limes, grapefruit, and even apples can be used to make pomander balls. What is a pomander?…

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Peppermint- The Herb that Refreshes

When I feel overwhelmed by mental clutter and life in general, it’s time to pick a peppermint leaf from the garden. I rub it between my thumb and forefinger, close my…

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